The fifth largest of the islands is just 38 miles long and 10 miles wide. With a large portion of the islands population being native Hawaiian, Molokai is a great place to experience the beauty and culture of Hawaii's past.
The island is divided into 3 regions, Central, West and East Molokai.
This is the historic area of the Belgian Missionary Saint Damien. It was in 1873 that Father Damien settled here to care for the victims of Hansen's disease. The Kalaupapa Peninsula (Kalaupapa National
Historical Park) is inaccessible by car so a 2.9 mile mule ride (spectacular vistas), hike or airplane are your tour options. You can view the peninsula from the 1000 foot elevation of Palaau State Park, a 34 acre recreation area featuring winding trails and extraordinary views.
The West area is host to some beautiful beaches, the 3 mile long Papohaku beach is one of the longest beaches in Hawaii. Once a resort area the arid west side is a perfect spot to spend the day and experience beautiful romantic sunsets. Photo By: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) Peter Garzke
The east area is home to the tallest sea cliffs in the world. Towering over the ocean at 3600 to 3900 feet they create a spectacular scene not easily forgotten.
This is the smallest inhabited island in Hawaii yet it offers big enticements to its visitors. From the stunning views atop the pine-lined Munro Trail to watching the acrobatic spinner dolphins from romantic Hulopoe Bay, Lanai is a special place offering serenity, adventure and intimacy.
Lanai is made up of three distinct areas: South Lanai (the resort area), North Lanai (beach and gardens) and Central Lanai (Lanai City, shops and dining).
Being small in size does not mean less in amenities. Luxurious Resorts and championship golf courses and lush countryside to roam by 4-wheel dive make Lanai a great place to visit as well as vacation.
Photo By: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) Ron Garnett